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ERIC Number: EJ879739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
"Getting and Spending, We Lay Waste Our Powers": Environmental Education and the Culture of the School
Bonnett, Michael
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v52 n1 p87-92 2010
This article sketches some implications for education of interpreting a key orientating idea of environmental education--sustainability--as a receptive-responsive frame of mind. It argues that, so interpreted, sustainability has extensive implications for the life of schools as places of learning, particularly with regard to the implicit scientism that is detected as a continuing pervasive influence and that is understood as an expression of an underlying "metaphysics of mastery" in respect of both the human and the natural world. This posture is criticised in terms of its enervating effect on the ability of individuals to engage with the school environment and its destructive effect on the milieu of the school. It concludes that a central ambition of environmental education must be to work towards a school culture that recognizes that non-instrumental caring is an authentic way of knowing and that celebrates poetic responsiveness as a fundamental condition of education.
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Language: English
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